My Last Kiss
By Bethany Neal
Publication date: June 10, 2014
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 358 pages
What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?
Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.
If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made–good and bad–that led to her last kiss.
Bethany Neal’s suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.
— Goodreads.com description
Within the first few pages of My Last Kiss, I had a pretty visceral reaction to Bethany Neal’s writing.
First of all, Cassidy has just died and part of the details there are just plain gross. Plus, it’s confusing and sad and a little bit harrowing to read along as a young girl struggles to deal with that fact that, well, SHE JUST DIED. Not an easy pill to swallow.
So I loved how — BAM — I was feeling a lot straight away.
And I loved how Neal evolved the mystery of Cassidy’s death. It’s a thrilling and compelling whodunnit — so layered, it’s hard to predict for much of the book.
My only complaint is that I had a hard time keeping a handful of characters straight: her two best friends and her boyfriend’s two best friends. That made it particularly difficult for me to piece together the mystery and follow along.
Still, once I did get things straight enough to follow along, I liked it overall. I’d say give it a try if you’re into mysteries!